Rescuers attempt to save stranded whale in Thames | UK News


Rescuers have launched an attempt to save a beached whale caught on the River Thames in west London.

An RNLI crew has been despatched to assist free the whale at Richmond Lock.

It was first noticed by passersby at round 7pm and crowds have gathered to watch the rescue attempt.

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The whale is believed to be a humpback. Pic: @dkfitldn

The whale is believed to be a humpback.

Sky News reporter Lucia Binding, who’s on the scene, stated the small whale was mendacity on its stomach.

“It seems to be lifeless for the time being. Half an hour in the past it was thrashing round.”

A whale is stranded at Richmond Lock. Pic: Lucia Binding
The rescuers are attempting to work out what to do subsequent. Pic: Lucia Binding

She stated two fireplace engines had arrived to assist RNLI volunteers and there are efforts to preserve water flowing onto the whale’s blowhole, to preserve it alive till it may be re-floated.

“5 rescue staff had been earlier making an attempt to get a yellow sheet beneath it – the primary time failed and the whale bought distressed and began thrashing round.”

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